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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #942
                   Monday,  September 7, 2009
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  ACCESS TO WILSON/HARVARD DELAYED
  11:20 AM PDST, Monday, September 7, 2009:  Forest Service
officials have decided not to allow any broadcaster access to
Wilson/Harvard "until we get past the controlled burn" in the
Wilson/Red Box corridor (apparently involving Red Box Road which
is the only access to Wilson/Harvard).  Weather conditions and
logistics must be perfect to allow the burn to occur.
  Now the complication.  The Mt. Wilson Observatory fire page
based on on-site information <http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php>
reports as follows:
  "Monday, 7 Sep 09, 11:10 am PDT - I have been told that,
due to logistical complexities, it is unlikely that the back fire
out [sic] Newcomb's Ridge will be set today.  In the meantime, the
1.5-inch hoseline out the ridge is being laid, and preparation is
now underway to lay hose all over the Observatory grounds to fight
structure fires should the back fire fail and get out of control."
  Expectations:
  o  Wilson/Harvard access on Tuesday is unlikely,
  o  The back burn is going to be a major event with very
  real risks, and
  o  The access situation should ease up considerably once
  we get past the burn.
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  USEFUL LINKS
  o  The Station Fire overview courtesy of Inciweb.
  Note that the first map is interactive:
  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1856/
  o  Mount Wilson Observatory fire newsletter:
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
  o  Mt. Wilson Observatory Webcam (please keep this
  address confidential):
  http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm#imagetop
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